Can you upgrade Windows 7 32 bit to 64 bit?
The benefits of using a 64-bit operating system are most apparent when you have a large amount of random access memory (RAM) installed on your computer, typically 4 GB of RAM or more. However, the maximum RAM limit for Windows 7 32-bit is 4GB. It's no surprise that you want to upgrade Windows 7 32 bit to 64 bit. Thus, here comes a question: can you upgrade Windows 7 32 bit?
As long as you make sure your computer can be compatible with 64-bit operating system, you can upgrade your Windows 7 32 bit. To upgrade Windows 7, the best way to clean install Windows 7 64 bit. During the process, it will remove the existing operating system and replace it with a new operating system. Thus, there is a risk of data loss. To avoid it, you need to backup your system before upgrading.
Check system type of your computer
To make sure you can successfully clean install Windows 7 64 bit, the first thing is to check the system type of your computer. If the system type is x64-based PC, you can upgrade Windows 7 32 bit to Windows 7 64 bit. If the system is x84-based PC, you cannot upgrade your Windows.
To check system type:
Step 1. Open the Start menu.
Step 2. Search for System Information and press Enter.
Step 3. Look for System Type.
Backup your computer
To upgrade Windows 7 32 bit to Windows 64 bit without data loss, the first thing is to backup your computer.
To backup your system, I recommend you free AOMEI Backupper. With it, you can backup system, disk, partition, and files. Also, you can restore your backup when needed.
Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper, install and launch it.
Step 2. Click System Backup under the Backup tab.
Step 3. AOMEI Backupper will automatically choose your operating system and boot files in Step 1. Here, you only need to select a destination path for your backup in Step 2.
Upgrade Windows 7 32 bit to 64 bit free
To ensure Windows 7 42 bit can be upgraded to 64 bit, the first thing is to create Windows 7 installation media. Then, use it to clean install the Windows 7 64 bit.
Create Windows 7 installation media
To create Windows 7 installation media, you need to prepare the following three things first.
1. Windows 7 64 bit ISO image files. If you do not have it, you can download it from Microsoft Store.
2. Storage device. It's used to save your ISO image files. For a storage device, I prefer USB flash drive. It's very portable to carry.
3. Windows 7 USB DVD download tool. This tool is used to burn ISO image file to your USB flash drive.
Then, you can burn your ISO image files to USB flash drive.
Step 1. Open Windows 7 USB DVD download tool, click Browse to find your ISO image files, then click Next.
Step 2. Choose USB as your media type.
Step 3. Insert USB flash drive and select it, then click Begin copying. And this tool will format your USB flash drive first, then create bootable USB device. Thus, you need to make a backup first if there is something important.
Clean install Windows 7 64 bit
Step 1. Plug in your USB flash drive
Step 2. Set boot priority to USB flash drive via BIOS, then restart your computer and press any key to boot from USB flash drive.
Step 3. Wait for Windows 7 installation files to load
Step 4. Click Install now after you set up language and other preference.
Step 5. Accept the license terms and click Next.
Step 6. Select Windows 7 installation type: Custom
Step 7. Click Drive Options.
Step 8. Delete system partition and other operating system related partition, then select the unallocated space to install your Windows.
Note:If the system partition is big enough to install Windows 7 64 bit, you do not need to delete system partition and other operating system related partition. You can use the existing system partition to clean install your Windows. At last, you will find a folder called Windows.old. It's used to save your previous Windows.
Step 9. Wait for the final result.
Now, you can upgrade your Windows 7 32 bit successfully. If you want to upgrade Windows 8 32 bit to 64 bit, follow the steps above to backup your computer and clean install it later.
Explore backup image to restore your files
If there is a data loss, you can restore backup image. However, you cannot restore your system image backup. It will restore your computer to previous Windows. here comes a question: how to restore files from a system image backup?
To solve this problem, free AOMEI Backupper offers you a feature called Explore Image. It allows you to explore backup image to a virtual partition. Then, you can copy any files on the system image backup and paste it into a safe place.
Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper
Step 2. Click Utilities and Explore Image
Step 3. Select a backup image and click Next
Step 4. Select a backup point and click Next
Step 5. Select the drive letter for the backup image you want to explore and click Next. Then, you can see several virtual partitions on your computer. These partitions contain all the contents of your backup image.
Step 6. Navigate to Computer, then copy the files from Virtual partition F: and G: and paste it into a safe place.
A clean install is the best way to upgrade Windows 7 32 bit to 64 bit. However, there is a risk of data loss.
To avoid data loss, you need to backup your computer before you upgrade Windows 7 32 bit. To backup your computer, AOMEI Backupper can be a great choice. It offers you various data protection solution, including System Backup, Disk Backup, File Backup. Aside from that, it's still a disk cloning software. You can use it to clone system, disk and partition.